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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool


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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool

Have you ever had an image that's really a great photo and one you can't take again, but there's something in it that you want to remove? Maybe a light post that appears to be growing out of someone's head, or maybe an old boyfriend or maybe someone that just wandered into your photo, like this dog that ran across this photo of a beach that I took. There are a couple of tools that you can try when you want to remove content from a photo. You might try the Healing Brush or the Spot Healing Brush tools that I covered in an earlier movie. But sometimes those don't do a great job of completely removing content, because they try to blend the texture and the tones of the healing pixels with the image below.
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  1. 10m 20s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 35s
    3. Launching the Welcome screen
      3m 12s
    4. Touring Elements
      4m 20s
  2. 29m 45s
    1. Working with catalogs
      3m 16s
    2. Getting photos from your hard drive
      2m 49s
    3. Changing thumbnail display options
      4m 35s
    4. Getting photos from a camera or card
      9m 43s
    5. Getting photos from a CD/DVD or an external drive
      4m 46s
    6. Getting photos from a scanner
      4m 36s
  3. 43m 15s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 44s
    2. Viewing photos
      5m 11s
    3. Selecting photos
      2m 58s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 39s
    5. Renaming photos
      2m 7s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      2m 0s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      5m 24s
    8. Stacking photos
      8m 9s
    9. Moving files
      4m 43s
    10. Backing up catalogs
      4m 20s
  4. 52m 4s
    1. Applying keyword tags
      8m 33s
    2. Finding photos by keyword tags
      3m 41s
    3. Finding photos with the Keyword Tag Cloud
      1m 56s
    4. Applying Smart Tags
      4m 29s
    5. Automatically tagging people in photos
      7m 54s
    6. Applying star ratings
      2m 48s
    7. Organizing photos in albums
      4m 10s
    8. Organizing photos in Smart Albums
      6m 44s
    9. Finding photos with Text Search
      4m 31s
    10. Finding photos from the Find menu
      5m 10s
    11. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 8s
  5. 29m 18s
    1. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      11m 12s
    2. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 10s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 22s
    4. Using Date View
      3m 41s
    5. Mapping photos
      4m 53s
  6. 56m 46s
    1. Applying Photo Fix options in the Organizer
      8m 22s
    2. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      6m 12s
    3. Applying Quick Fix controls
      11m 10s
    4. Using Quick Fix tools
      11m 2s
    5. Working in Guided Edit in the Editor
      4m 45s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      5m 57s
    7. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      9m 18s
  7. 1h 12m
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      5m 5s
    2. Opening files in Full Edit
      2m 13s
    3. Working with tabbed documents
      6m 57s
    4. Using tools
      6m 11s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      4m 22s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 18s
    7. Using Undo History
      5m 56s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 30s
    9. Creating a blank file
      5m 58s
    10. Photo resizing and resolution
      9m 59s
    11. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 8s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 49s
    13. Saving files
      7m 47s
  8. 17m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 28s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      4m 51s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      9m 17s
  9. 19m 54s
    1. Understanding selections
      2m 27s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 6s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 27s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 54s
  10. 1h 0m
    1. Cropping and straightening
      3m 49s
    2. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      2m 54s
    3. Applying adjustment layers
      7m 53s
    4. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    5. Merging multiple exposures
      6m 33s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 54s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      3m 39s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 21s
    9. Correcting skin tone
      2m 34s
    10. Reducing digital noise
      4m 4s
    11. Sharpening photos
      7m 42s
    12. Working with raw photos
      9m 52s
  11. 24m 50s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      7m 52s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      4m 26s
    3. Dodging and burning
      2m 18s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      5m 17s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 41s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 16s
  12. 31m 3s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 8s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 16s
    3. Running automated actions
      1m 51s
    4. Using layer styles
      6m 6s
    5. Using shapes
      8m 12s
    6. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      3m 13s
    7. Converting color to black and white
      3m 17s
  13. 9m 29s
    1. Creating text
      5m 8s
    2. Editing text
      2m 59s
    3. Warping text
      1m 22s
  14. 38m 50s
    1. Making a photo book
      8m 26s
    2. Making a photo collage
      9m 0s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      11m 25s
    4. Stitching a photo panorama
      4m 3s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      5m 56s
  15. 33m 54s
    1. Printing photos
      2m 58s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages
      4m 58s
    3. Sending photos by email and Photo Mail
      5m 57s
    4. Burning photos to CD/DVD
      1m 17s
    5. Ordering prints and books
      1m 59s
    6. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 15s
    7. Sharing photos online at Photoshop.com
      7m 40s
    8. Backing up and synchronizing online
      3m 40s
    9. Getting inspiration from Adobe.com
      2m 10s
  16. 26s
    1. Goodbye
      26s

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training
8h 50m Beginner Sep 23, 2009

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Finding photos by keywords, tags, and ratings
  • Mapping photos
  • Applying Photomerge Exposure in Guided Edit
  • Adding adjustment layers to correct a photo's tone and color
  • Reducing digital noise in photos
  • Creating a photo slideshow with audio and transitions
  • Preparing photos for the web
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool

Have you ever had an image that's really a great photo and one you can't take again, but there's something in it that you want to remove? Maybe a light post that appears to be growing out of someone's head, or maybe an old boyfriend or maybe someone that just wandered into your photo, like this dog that ran across this photo of a beach that I took. There are a couple of tools that you can try when you want to remove content from a photo. You might try the Healing Brush or the Spot Healing Brush tools that I covered in an earlier movie. But sometimes those don't do a great job of completely removing content, because they try to blend the texture and the tones of the healing pixels with the image below.

So, sometimes you need something stronger and that something is the Clone Stamp tool. I'm going to use the Clone Stamp tool in this image to remove this dog. First I'm going to go to the Layers panel and I'm going to make a new layer. I'll click the Create New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel and then I'll rename that new layer by double-clicking the default name and I'm going to call this cover dog, and then I'll press Enter. I'll make sure that cover dog layer is selected in the Layers panel. And then I'm going to go to the toolbar and I'm going to select this tool, the Clone Stamp tool.

I'm going to up to the Options bar for the Clone Stamp tool, and I'll make sure that Sample All Layers is checked. This is just like to Sample All Layers command that I showed you for the Healing Brush tool and the Spot Healing Brush tool. Working this way make sure that the pixels with which I'm going to cover up the dog are located on a separate layer from the background, but are sampled from that background layer. And that will give me the freedom to throw away that cover up or maybe to lower the opacity of the cover-up layer to make it less intense.

Then I'm going to go up to the Mode menu at the top of the screen and I'm going to make one more change. The Mode menu contains a list of formulas that I can use to blend the pixels with which I'm going to be covering up the dog, with the pixels on the layer below, the background layer. In this case the dog is darker than the area around him. So, I want the pixels to lighten the dog area. So, I'm going to choose the Lighten formula. Now, I'm going to move into the image, and I'm going to put my cursor right next to the dog, but not on top of the dog.

Now, I can see that this brush is a soft brush tip, because the edge of the cursor is kind of fuzzy. I'm going to make the brush tip harder and to do that I'm going to hold down the Shift key on the keyboard and press the right bracket key. And as I do you can see the edge of that brush tip circle change a bit. And now I'm going to make the brush tip bigger by pressing the right bracket key without the Shift key held down. I am going to move the brush over the dog to do that because I want the brush just big enough to cover the dog, because I think I can get rid of him in just one click.

Then I'll move my mouse just to the right of the dog, I'll hold down the Alt key to change the cursor to a target, and I'm going to click once to sample the good pixels from under the brush tip. I'm actually sampling the waves and the ocean, and then I'm going to carefully move to the left because I'm going to want to have the edge of the waves lined up and then I'm going to click on top of the dog, and he's gone. Now, if I go over to Layers panel and I click on the eye icon to the left of the covered dog layer, you'll see the dog come back, and if I click again he will disappear.

I'm going to hold down the Alt key on the keyboard as I click on the eye icon to the left of the cover dog layer. Now, if you look closely you can see the pixels with which I covered up the dog right there. I'll Alt-click again on the cover dog layer to bring back the background layer. So, as you can see the Clone Stamp tool can be a really useful way to change the content of your image, eliminating a dog, a light post, a person or whatever you don't want in your photo.

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